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Sydney Morning Herald: The Geek Behind the Penguin

Jan 28, 2003, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fran Spencer)

"This has made Torvalds and his creation rather unpopular with Microsoft, creator of the world's most widely used operating system, Windows.

"Microsoft's rhetoric in the battle against what it appears to see as the biggest threat to its stranglehold on the world's desktops was toned down late last year, after the company decided its attacks on 'open source' had backfired.

"Torvalds appears to find Microsoft's angst over open source, and Linux in particular, more amusing than troubling, but warns that the battle could get serious. 'If you're the dominant player it's really hard to attack something that's done by people who just like doing it, and as an industry it's politically not very sensible to attack it...'"

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